The Galapagos Sky operates under the experienced hand of Peter A. Hughes to conduct 7 night Galapagos Islands liveaboard cruises around the best dive sites of the archipelago. Its quality is underscored by being the recipient of Dive The World's 2018 Operator of the Year award.
Galapagos Sky is a steel mono-hulled motor vessel of over 100ft (30m) in length, designed and furnished to provide a spacious and comfortable liveaboard experience. Departing every Sunday, you can take full advantage of the complimentary nitrox for EANx-certified divers and marvel at the life underwater at the prime dive sites of Darwin and Wolf. 2 morning land tours to Santa Cruz and San Cristobal are also included in your Ecuador liveaboard charter. Uniquely among the liveaboards here, Galapagos Sky includes in its itinerary a scuba dive with marine iguanas. Others may offer only a snorkelling experience.
Your safety is carefully assured at these remote islands with the free provision of valuable surface safety equipment for all customers. These include Dive Alert signaling devices, safety sausages and a mini GPS for every buddy pair.
Up to 16 divers can be accommodated on Galapagos Sky in 8 en-suite cabins, evenly divided between Deluxe cabins on the lower deck and Master cabins on the upper deck. A 2009 restoration means good quality finishings throughout. All locally available alcoholic drinks are included in the price and the boat is well-equipped with full entertainment facilities.
So if you are planning to visit the Galapagos Islands and want to enjoy the diving cruise of a lifetime on a roomy, comfortable boat and with a trusted name in liveaboards, then Galapagos Sky is a great choice for you.
Notes: Galapagos is a popular cruise destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dive experience: A minimum of 50-100 logged dives is recommended, with previous experience of strong currents, plus the ability to remove gear in water and to get into small boats in choppy seas. Nitrox certification prior to the cruise is also highly recommended, as is recent dive experience within 6 months prior to the departure date. Cruise is not suitable for divers under the age of 15 years old.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local beer, transfers to the boat from the airport , dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (up to 8 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (7 nights US$ 250), dive computer, diving insurance, Galapagos National Park entrance fee US$ 100, hyperbaric chamber fee US$ 35 to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Note: There is an added 14 % VAT on credit card payments on board (Visa or Master).
Optional extras: Imported alcoholic drinks, 15 liter tank rental (US$ 60 for 7 nights trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Galapagos Sky's liveaboard diving cruises depart from San Cristobal every Sunday afternoon. Boarding is at noon. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. Current regulations require proof of a negative COVID PCR test result within 72 ohurs (3 days) prior to boarding. Guayaquil is recommended with cheaper prices and better-timed connections. You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the Galapagos. To ensure easy flight connections, a 2 night stop-over is recommended. If overnighting in Galapagos you will stay in Santa Cruz or San Cristobal. Baltra has no accommodation.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs on the second last day; then the yacht returns to port. Check out on the final day is at 09:00 hrs. On the return flight to the mainland you will probably need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito since most international flights depart too early to make the connection possible. The flight arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the afternoon. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
We will place your domestic flight requirements with the liveaboard operator who is responsible for booking the flights. We request your patience with this process since there are often waiting lists and slow confirmations of availability. You must inform us whether you are flying into Guayaquil or Quito before domestic flights can be considered. If you wish to extend your stay in the Galapagos Islands to enjoy land tours please decide that early in the booking process to ensure flight availability
For more information see our Galapagos travel information section.
Non-diver rate: None.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 65% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Half charter is equivalent to pay for 7 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a Deluxe cabin free of charge (total 8+ guests). The offer exclude fees and taxes.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Deluxe cabin free of charge.
Add-on package: For most visitors, this is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, and the land creatures and environments are just as impressive as those underwater. You can extend your time in this nature-lovers paradise by adding a 3, 4 or 7 night non-diving wildlife liveaboard safari. These are nature tours around some of the finest locations in the Galapagos with naturalist guides, literature and presentations. Don't just leave after a week of scuba diving, get the full picture of the incredible Galapagos islands!
There are 8 en-suite cabins with private bathrooms. There are 4 Master cabins with TV and DVD on the upper deck with twin beds side by side that can be combined to make a double bed. The 4 Deluxe cabins with twin beds are on the lower deck.
All the cabins have:
Windows on upper deck, portholes on lower deck
Bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
Hand basin, toiletries, hairdryer, towels and bathrobes
2 x Motorized dinghies - 624ft² (58m²) Dive platform and kit up area with toilet and 2 hot water showers - Camera table and separate rinse tank - Main deck air-conditioned saloon with TV, video player, music system, movie library, games and satellite telephone - Main deck air conditioned restaurant with bar - Sundeck and shaded area with sunbeds and chairs
Dining on board the Galapagos Sky liveaboard is an important part of the overall experience. There are 3 meals per day, with breakfast served before your first dive. There is a set menu each week so the chef can cook the dishes to perfection. These include a variety of warming soups, meat dishes, seafood and desserts. Meals are served buffet style and all alcohol (beer, wine and spirits) is free of charge.
Ecuadorian and American cuisine main meal dishes.
Air-conditioned restaurant buffet dining service on main deck.
The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, soft drinks, beer, spirits and wine are all provided free of charge.
All dietary requirements can be catered for except Kosher - please send advanced notice.
Fresh fish in coconut sauce, with red wine, rice and lentils;
Tortilla Española with Creole sauce, peanut sauce and yellow rice;
BBQ chicken with American potatoes, cheese sauce and fresh vegetables.
"I recently was on Galapagos Sky with my father. It was a great liveaboard, and a great location. I definitely recommend it." - Adrien Simard, France., 25 November 2019 ...
"The liveaboard Galapagos Sky was amazing - comfortable, efficiently laid out. The diving was superb, we saw everything we wanted (penguins, Molas, iguanas, whalesharks, hammerhead, and am forgetting some :) The crew on the boat was great - funny, entertaining when needed, safe and pro when under water. attentive to peoples needs." - Yann Renoux, France., 12 December 2017 ...
"Staff/Crew amazing. Diving amazing. Boat comfortable. Needs a little fumigation but otherwise nice, clean and very nice diving deck." - Arianne Lamy, France., 13 December 2017 ...
"All the information was easy to find on the Dive The World website. Everything was quick and clear. I do not see any reason for further improvement." - Victoria Thwaite, Russia., 14 August 2017 ...
"Galapagos Sky is very comfortable. Great food. Very effective staff. Very good divemasters." - Joseph Backer, U.S.A., 31 December 2016 ...
"Most of the staff were great and work hard. Well organized spacious boat with experience dive guides. Good food. However the logistics of the first day nearly spoilt our trip as we didn't start sailing till day after a a scheduled departure! Not something you'd expect when paying top dollar!" - Alena Rossini, Singapore, 19 October 2015 ...
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